On This Day, exactly 14 years ago (January 27, 2003), Eminem released “Superman,” a single from The Eminem Show. The song is produced by Jeff Bass and Eminem and features backing vocals from frequent collaborator, singer Dina Rae.
The song is about the rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls Eminem has had in his life and how he plans to deal with it. In his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, Eminem revealed that the song is about his alleged relationship with singer Mariah Carey, to an extent. The song is very similar to his song “Drug Ballad” and “Pimp Like Me” with D12.
Entertainment Weekly editor described: “In the creepy-crawly, mesmerizing Superman, he depicts himself as both sexual predator and commitment-phobic single guy.” DX magazine named the production “the southern bounce”, lyrics as dealing with groupies and the critic called the chorus cheesy. Steve Juon described: “”Superman” features Eminem playing with his flow in a stuttered cadence, but he’s done the gimmick before and his beat on this one inspires only partial attention to his flow.” Rolling Stone concluded that his divorce from Kim Mathers fuels the slow Southern bounce of the hypermisogynist “Superman.”
“Superman” peaked at #15 on US Billboard Hot 100 and #42 in New Zealand. It also reached at #10 on US Billboard Rap Songs and US Billboard Pop Songs and #44 on US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
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